Bert Weedon: Play in a Day [DVD] [All Regions] [Region 1] [NTSC] DVD – DVD-Video, 1 Jun 2005
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In this remarkable DVD the world-renowned master guitarist unlocks the secrets of the guitar. Highly regarded for his versatility, Bert's glittering career (including being voted Britain's top guitarist nine times!) has been a strong influence on virtually every famous name linked with the instrument. Play in a Day means just that. After just the first 25 minutes video tuition a complete beginner with nay six string guitar will be able to join in with Bert Weedon and his group and play their first tune. Each selection ends with you playing one of fifteen tunes of varying styles and rhythms, with Bert and his group.
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Then we're off on roller coaster of brief chord shapes, musical theory etc....and before you know it's over. I just literally bought this to see what people had raved about for all those years, and in hindsight it's a quaint little book from a time when guitar heroes had only just thrown off their nappies I.e Clapton, Beck and Page etc, so this would have been an ideal tutorial. If I were to recommend a good book for beginners today, I would say Guitar for dummies, it's a solid read, it doesn't throw the learner into a wild panic about learning musical notation, and is updated regularly. As for Weedon's book, a great trip of nostalgia, but nothing more.
The "play in a day" is a rather bold claim but it will certainly get your started. This was one of the few (perhaps only?) tutorial/self learning books available in Britain when electric guitars started to become popular in the early 1960s - and then as now it was keenly priced, providing unbeatable bang-for-the-buck. Consequently, the greats who all started back then have a copy! The greats who started with this also learned from each other and/or by listening carefully to the radio and, particularly, to records - sometimes slowed down - to transcribe what they heard into notes on their guitars. Having read so many guitar books, I see that they often follow similar formulas and/or understandably have similar content - so I was pleasantly surprised to find some new content and different approaches in this relatively thin book. I haven't really given it a great deal of thought - I was planning to give it to my niece but she gave up guitar - but plan to go through it. It is dated but it is also a classic with a unbeatable track record, @£6.89 inc. shipping it might be the best investment you ever make (I wonder if Eric Clapton thinks so? ;) ).
Don't think this is it: you're now a guitarist fit to battle Edward van Halen, Jeff Loomis, and countless others who are true exponents. How about riff-merchants like Phil Collen, Viv Campbell, Fast Eddie and hordes of others? This is the basic building blocks only, and you will be playing in a day. Accept you've just begun though.
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